AUSA 2017 videos

Here are some videos from the recent AUSA show in Washington DC from the youtube channels of Jane’s IHS and Defense Web TV





AFV News from Around the Web

Here is another assortment of recent news articles on armored vehices.  Click on the headline to go to the complete piece.

The Nation – Chinese tanks arrive ahead of schedule

6859e9514105f7e726103be6ab11a146Twenty-eight VT4 battle tanks from China have been delivered to Thailand six months ahead of schedule because of competition on China’s side, Army Commander in Chief General Chalermchai Sittisart said on Wednesday.  He did not give further details and denied rumours that the tanks were old and had been left in storage in China. “The tanks are in good condition. Their delivery is about six months ahead of the scheduled period of March next year because of business competition. We will let the media visit them when the required processes is complete,” he said. – Russian Armata production falters – shift to upgrading old tanks

b9ac4341858a07ec4ff865a1306e8a43-730x430The Russian Armata program, a universal chassis system that is intended to be the foundational element for Russia’s future armor force and includes the third-generation T-14 main battle tank (MBT), could be in danger of being cancelled, following recent announcements to upgrade T-80 and T-90 series main battle tanks (MBTs) in addition to revising plans to melt down 10,000 armored vehicles by 2020.


The National Interest – Would North Korea Use Old World War II Tanks to Fight America in a War?

char_t-34_0While the T-34/85 medium tank might be have been instrumental in the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany’s Wehrmacht in World War Two, the vintage war machine is probably still in service in North Korea.  The Soviet Union delivered some 250 T-34/85s to the nascent Democratic People’s Republic of Korea before March 1950. The Soviets delivered more of the tanks later over the course of the Korean War. The North Koreans lost many T-34/85s during the war as it became very apparently that the American M26 Pershing, M46 Patton and the British Centurion grossly outclassed the long-serving Soviet-built tank.


Hindustan Times – China displays photo of newly inducted light battle tank for the first time

china-defence_6847e224-ae89-11e7-b6fd-382ae8cf2ee4China has inducted its much- publicised light battle tank, introduced in Tibet during the height of the Doklam standoff with India, and for the first time the Army displayed its photo at a military exhibition here, a media report said on Wednesday.  Developed by the China North Industries Group Corp, the country’s biggest maker of land armaments, the light tank, whose weight ranges from 25 to 35 metric tonnes, is equipped with a hydropneumatic suspension system that ensures good manoeuvrability and survivability in mountainous regions.


Jane’s 360 – Two new, more heavily armed Stryker variants heading to Europe

1704044_-_mainThe US Army’s first 30 mm Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle – Dragoon, along with the first Stryker with CROWS-Javelin (CROWS-J), will go to Europe in December for an operational test, officials said during the Association of the US Army’s (AUSA’s) annual conference.  Army leaders are calling the 30 mm-armed vehicle the ‘Dragoon’ and assigned it as the XM1296.



Below the Turret Ring articles

It’s been a while since we checked in with the blog Below the Turret Ring to see what they have been up to.  Here are some recent posts of theirs from the last couple months.  As always, some nice indepth descriptions of the latest trends in AFV development.  Click on the headline to go to the full blog post.


Hardkill APS: US Army buys Trophy, Europe is testing systems

2fOO3KYOn the 29th September 2017, the US Army has decided to purchase an unknown quantity of Trophy systems as urgent material request. General Dynamics Land Systems is responsible for fitting the system to the M1A2 SEP v2 main battle tanks (MBTs) of an Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT). It was not revealed yet, if all ninety Abrams tanks of the ABCT will receive the Tropy APS – but it seems rather likely. The Jerusalem Post claims that the system has an estimated costs of about $350,000 USD per tank. By March 2019 all of the M1A2 SEP v2 covered by the contract are expected to have received the Trophy APS. The tanks are planned to be deployed to Europe by 2020.


Russia upgrades BMP-2 and BMD-2 IFVs

BMP-2 KWS mit Berezhok-Turm für RusslandThe Russian Army has contracted the KPB Tula Instrument Design Burea for the upgrade of 540 old BMP-2 and BMD-2 infanty fighting vehicles (IFVs). The complete scope of the upgrade is not known, but it is confirmed that both vehicles will receive upgraded turrets – or “combat modules” in the official Russian military lingo. The BMP-2 will be fitted with the B05Ya01 Berezhok combat module, while the BMD-2 will receive the lighter Bereg combat module.


Czech Army prefers Puma, searches T-72 replacement and miscellaneous

e493481002.jpgIn August an article on the Czech IFV program was published here. A long period of writing and more recent news from the Czech Republic have made the speculation and information on the possible contenders outdated. The Czech government asked a total of nine contenders to participate in the tender for the BMP-2 replacement. Apparently neither the Šakal IFV or the Wolfdog were considered by the army as proper replacement for the BMP-2s. The following IFVs were seen as possible replacement, which is why the manufacturers were invited to participate in the bidding process for the contract:


New Polish AFVs revealed at MSPO

74k2xfRAt the currently ongoing MSPO 2017 defence exhibition in Poland, a number of new combat vehicle prototypes were presented for the first time to the public. These vehicles include new main battle tank (MBT) variants, the Borsuk infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), that is currently being developed for the Polish Army, aswell as various wheeled vehicles such as proposed variants of the Rosomak (locally produced Patria AMV).


Which new IFV for the Czech Army?

iRuXp9uAccording to Jane’s IHS, the Czech Army is actively looking for a replacement of the aging Soviet-made BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Therefore a number of companies has been expected to bid for the contract to deliver a total of 200 new vehicles to the Czech Republic. A number of competitors has shown vehicles at the IEDT 2017 exhibition in Brno (also known as Brünn in the German speaking countries), four vehicles were later photographed during Czech Army trials. The decision on which vehicle to adopt might affect other international tenders such as the Australian LAND 400 phase 3 program.


More T-90 and BMPT contracts

BMPT-2 mit neuem ERARecently it has been reported that Russia has opted to purchase a small number of BMPT fire support vehicles following the combat experiences in Syria. Previously the BMPT had been rejected by the Russian Army, partly due to the T-15 version of the next-generation Armata family of combat vehicles being considered to handle the same taks while being an IFV with enough space to transport nine dismounts. The BMPT ordered by Russia is an improved model that has been described as the BMPT-2, a name that confusingly has sometimes also used in blogs and forums to describe another variant.

AFV News from Around the Web

We are overdue for an installment of AFV News from Around the Web.  Here is an assortment of recent news articles on armored vehices.  Click on the headline to go to the complete piece. – Army Starts Early Concept Work on New Tank After Abrams – 2040s

6_7719317The Army is now performing concept modeling and early design work for a new mobile, lethal, high-tech future lightweight tank platform able to detect and destroy a wider range of targets from farther distances, cross bridges, incinerate drones with lasers and destroy incoming enemy artillery fire – all for the 2030s and beyond.  The new vehicle, now emerging purely in the concept phase, is based upon the reality that the current M1A2 SEP Abrams main battle tank can only be upgraded to a certain limited extent, senior Army officials explained.


Motherboard – The Army’s New Tank Fires ‘Smart’ Cannon Rounds

1507572405034-UJIiLPOThe US Army just got a new tank with the ability to fire deadlier “smart” rounds from its powerful, 120-millimeter-diameter main cannon.  The new fighting vehicle’s unwieldy designation obscures its technological advancements. Officially, the new M-1A2 Systems Enhancement Package Version 3 tank, or M-1A2SEPV3, is a mere upgrade of the Army’s previous main battle tank, the M-1A2SEPV2 that entered service in 2007.  In fact, the tank boasts stronger armor, better electronics, and more efficient propulsion and power systems than on previous tanks, making it, in effect, a brand-new vehicle. – Army rolls out latest version of iconic Abrams Main Battle Tank

size0LIMA, Ohio — On Wednesday, Oct. 4, members of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center workforce celebrated the delivery of the next iteration of the iconic Abrams Main Battle Tank as the Army accepted the first of six M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 initial production vehicles.  Production for the M1A2 SEPv3 is being conducted at JSMC in Lima, Ohio and at the Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, Alabama.


Quwa – Indonesia Displays Kaplan MT Medium-weight Tank

Kaplan-MT-02-692x360The Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat – TNI-AD) officially displayed the Kaplan MT during a parade commemorating National Armed Forces Day 05 October in Cilegon, Banten Province.  The Kaplan MT was collaboratively developed by Indonesia’s PT Pindad and FNSS Savunma Sistemleri from Turkey under the TNI-AD’s Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) program. Development began in 2014, with the design work completed in November 2016 and first prototype delivered in September 2017.


Jane’s 360 – AUSA 2017: US Army to upgrade some M113s as stop-gap measure

A request for proposals (RFP) to upgrade a limited number of the US Army’s M113 armoured personnel carriers could be released in the next month or so to identify interested parties, according to Colonel Mike Milner, programme manager for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV).  The army could eventually award contracts to two or three vendors to bring prototypes to a demonstration in fiscal year 2019, Col Milner told reporters on 10 October at the annual Association of the US Army’s (AUSA’s) conference.


Jane’s 360 – Valhalla Turrets reveals new 57 mm remote gun system development

1703979_-_mainValhalla Turrets of Slovenia have revealed that they have commenced a private-venture project to develop the Hildgard 57 Medium Remote Gun System (MRGS), with a technology demonstrator expected to be completed by the second half of 2018.  The Hildgard MRGS effort leverages from their developed Midgard remote control weapon station (RCWS) and Asgard Light Tactical Turret (LTT) are soon expected to enter trials.


Defense News – Giving up on Abrams tank acquisition, Taiwan moves to upgrade its M60A3 tanks

7FD5XIIPKBHNTIFT7CWLBQNRFYMELBOURNE, Australia ― Taiwan appears to have conceded defeat in its quest to acquire surplus M1 Abrams tanks from the United States, with local media reporting that the East Asian country will now look at ways to locally upgrade the M60A3 main battle tanks it has in service.  According to the United Daily News newspaper, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense will allocate approximately $6.57 million dollars to the state-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, or NCSIST, to develop an upgrade program for the approximately 450 M60A3 TTS tanks operated by Taiwan’s Army.


Defense News – Europe-bound: US Army to urgently field Abrams tanks with Trophy APS

TXRZCYJKVNFY7HHJHAUY3HYAB4WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army has decided to equip a brigade’s worth of Abrams tanks with the Trophy Active Protection System and urgently field them to the European theater, Col. Glenn Dean, the program manager for Stryker, who also manages the service’s effort to install APS on combat vehicles, told Defense News.  The service made a decision to buy Trophy for Abrams on Sept. 29, Dean said, and now the Army is moving out to deploy the systems to Europe by 2020.

DSEI videos from Jane’s 360

Here are some videos from the past couple weeks by Jane’s 360 about the armored vehicled technology on display at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI)arms fair held every two years in London.


DSEI 2017: Active Defence Systems by Rheinmetall


DSEI 2017: T40 CTA Turret – Nexter


DSEI 2017: Piranah 5 8×8 – General Dynamics


DSEI 2017: Nexter’s combat proven VBCI


DSEI 2017: The CV90 infantry fighting vehicle from BAE Systems


DSEI 2017: The MBT Advanced Technology Demonstrator from Rheinmetall


DSEI 2017: General Dynamics’ AJAX Armoured Fighting Vehicle

Swedish APC collides with train

Swedish media are reporting that a Pansarterrängbil 360 APC (also known as the Patria) was hit by a passenger train.  This accident happened during the Aurora 17 military exercise near Trosa, south of Stockholm.  Media reports indicate that three people in the military vehicle were injured, while one train passenger suffered minor injuries.  Photos below.

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US Tanks damaged in Polish railway mishap

Russian news sources RT and Sputnik International have published articles describing a rail accident in Poland that has left several US armored vehicles damaged.  The articles describe ten “tanks” as damaged, although the photos of the incident show Bradley IFVs.  Apparently they hit a metal awning that overhangs the tracks at the station near the city of Torun while being transported from Gdansk to a military range in Zagan.  These vehicles were being transported as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a NATO exercise intended to boost the Alliances presence in Eastern Europe.  Below are some photos of the accident.